Minutes from the Aug 11, 2008
Meeting of Martin Drive Neighborhood Association
We welcomed experienced
neighbors tonight as well as Robert Bryson, chief traffic and lighting engineer
for the City of Milwaukee Dept. of Public Works and Dave Weber, community outreach
liaison for the Neighborhood Improvement Development Corp.
Loss of the bus routes will
result in changes in our parking. A neighbor brought it to our attention
that we could improve the street parking especially during the snowy season by
asking for help. Alderman Michael Murphy was our contact for setting up
the meeting with Mr. Bryson. We had a lengthy discussion of possibilities
for parking as well as the desired condition of our winter streets. We
also realized several problems that occur on a regular basis at 45th
and Vliet and Martin Drive going to 45th.
Mr. Bryson will do the engineering work on the streets of our neighborhood and
report back to Alderman Murphy. The bottom line is the parking signs will
be changed. Hopefully, some problem driving habits will be corrected to
make all of us safer including our pedestrians.
David Weber was here to address
an issue with our neighbors to the east of us. Since 2002, the
Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation has overseen the use of
$1,600,000 to improve the area east of us from Highland to 35th Street south of Vliet. The neighbors are now ready to set up a group
like ours who speaks to and addresses issues common to
the area tenants. On maps of the city, the area is Martin Drive Neighborhood. We have
now invited them to use the street signs that were designed for the Martin Drive
Neighborhood. We also encourage them to spend time with us in setting up
their area group meeting. We would also expect that they would be invited
to attend the larger general meetings that take place at the Washington Park
We are grateful to Dave for respecting the energy we have expended for this
area and suggesting that we could be a role model for the people in the blocks
east of us.
Due to a comment made about
“snow” another concern was addressed. It was suggested that we request
the city plow drivers plow the snow away from the area on Juneau
between 44th and 46th down Juneau to the dead end. The sidewalk is
directly adjacent to the street in that location. We will work with Alderman
Murphy on this problem to see if it can be rectified.
Wednesday, August 13, bring your rake to 46th
and Vliet to spread chips
Farmers’ Market every Sunday at Washington Park from 11:00 to 3:00.
Neighborhood mosaic planters will have grand presentation
on August 20, at 41st and Highland
Park free swimming
party for neighbors on Sunday, August 23rd from 2:00- 5:00
Davidson street party is August 27th
on Highland for
Harley Davidson Parade on August 30th at 9:00
from Miller Park to Wisconsin Ave & lake
Next meeting will be September 8, 2008 at 6:30
Primary Election – Tuesday – September 9th –
Get out and vote!
Neighbor’s comments: Improvement is being seen in
the condition of Washington
Park due a large group of
young people being given guidance by different organizations while using their
energy to help. We are grateful for this accomplishment and the
neighbor’s recognition of the changes being made.
Submitted: Maggie Blaha
August 13, 2008